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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 4:00 pm    Post subject: Historic Japanese chest fetches 7.3 mln euros at French sale Reply with quote
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AFP - An Edo-era Japanese chest belonging to Cardinal Mazarin, France's chief minister from 1642 to 1661, was snapped up at an auction Sunday for 7.3 million euros by Amsterdam's famed Rijksmuseum.


http://www.france24.com/en/20130610-historic-japanese-chest-fetches-73-mln-euros-french-sale
http://blogs.votreargent.fr/marche-de-l-art/2013/06/07/laissez-vous-coffrer-par-le-cardinal-mazarin/
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Wow...that's an unreal amount of cash for something like that.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Does anyone know if that's most likely how the chest originally appeared or are there some European additions? The "base" in particular stands out to me as not quite fitting with the rest of it...
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
It certainly seems the base of the one just sold is a French addition, as Glyre noted.

The one on display at the Toshiba Gallery in the V&A in London is probably better known. There is quite a lot of information about it here:

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/t/mazarin-chest-conservation-project/

It was restored by the chief restorer to the Imperial household (among other things), who is based at Nikko, so it's in pretty good condition... certainly worth having a look at if you're in the area – lacquerware, especially maki-e, like this, is one area in the arts where I think the Japanese were second to none.


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